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by Simon E.
Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Greatest Mahayana and Vajrayana teachers alive
Replies: 14
Views: 443

Re: Greatest Mahayana and Vajrayana teachers alive

Shunryu Suzuki reportedly remarked: There are, strictly speaking, no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity. :thumbsup: Which clearly is meaningful in a Zen context judging from the frequency with which it is quoted..and that is fair enough. But from a Vajrayana perspective it poses...
by Simon E.
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Greatest Mahayana and Vajrayana teachers alive
Replies: 14
Views: 443

Re: Greatest Mahayana and Vajrayana teachers alive

The greatest teacher alive is one that is part of a bona fide lineage and with whom you have a karmic connection.
by Simon E.
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Chod
Topic: Air travel with a khanglng
Replies: 1
Views: 127

Re: Air travel with a khanglng

Well I should start by saying that I have no experience of such matters in terms of domestic flights within the U.S. However I once took a flight from London to Paris taking with me a khangling being sent by one Dharma student to another. What I did was cover it lightly in bubble wrap and showed it ...
by Simon E.
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Sri Lanka president signs death warrants to end moratorium
Replies: 27
Views: 739

Re: Sri Lanka president signs death warrants to end moratorium

Well said.
If someone can frequent this forum and hold views so obviously and fundamentally at odds with the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha then I have to start by asking myself how I have contributed to that catastrophic level of misunderstanding.
by Simon E.
Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Trans surgery on children
Replies: 15
Views: 264

Re: Trans surgery on children

Some MDs protest to Surgeon General the careless use of drugs & surgery on gender dysphoric children: https://www.acpeds.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/7.16.19-Surgeon-General-letter1963-v4.pdf And some don't. Your point is? Those doctors who ignore drugs-surgery option and prefer the safer, harm...
by Simon E.
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can bad karma from slander of the Buddha be erased through sadhana?
Replies: 18
Views: 396

Re: Can bad karma from slander of the Buddha be erased through sadhana?

I wasn’t responding to your point at all. My reply was nothing to do with which sub forum the thread appeared in. I was pointing out that some posters had not read the OP or had not noticed the fact the the poster was talking about events BEFORE they identified as a Buddhist.
by Simon E.
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can bad karma from slander of the Buddha be erased through sadhana?
Replies: 18
Views: 396

Re: Can bad karma from slander of the Buddha be erased through sadhana?

Yesterday I came across this article by Lama Zopa Rinpoche where he states that if you can recite 5 malas of the Medicine Buddha mantra every day, then you'll purify your bad karma and never be reborn in the lower realms. However, in the Samyutta Nikaya of the Pali Canon (6:9) , it states: For more...
by Simon E.
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can bad karma from slander of the Buddha be erased through sadhana?
Replies: 18
Views: 396

Re: Can bad karma from slander of the Buddha be erased through sadhana?

Buddhist literature, like most Indian literature, like most literature at all really, uses hyperbole as a regular technique. If you take it too literally (which can never have been the authors' intention) you end up with conflicting nonsense. Aye... It makes no sense to liberate yourself from Hellf...
by Simon E.
Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Can bad karma from slander of the Buddha be erased through sadhana?
Replies: 18
Views: 396

Re: Can bad karma from slander of the Buddha be erased through sadhana?

You can’t slander the Buddha. You can say stuff from an afflicted mind, but that’s mostly like farting into the cosmos. Remember vipaka results from intention and when most yet -to -be -Buddhists talk about Dharma they have no clear or formed intention. Put something in the collection bowl of your l...
by Simon E.
Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: DW 10 y.o. video msg from me (DNS)
Replies: 27
Views: 1638

Re: DW 10 y.o. video msg from me (DNS)

It’s a great thing you did David..I rejoice in your merits. Thanks for putting up with me. :group:
by Simon E.
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1538

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

They were also pragmatists.They knew when to apply upayas and when those narratives had served their purpose.
by Simon E.
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1538

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

The reality is that we are directly reaping the benefits of the tulku system, it is how the teachings got to us. To argue it is redundant is is naive, bordering on dangerous (for the continuity of the teachings). I don’t buy that for a second. In my view the teachings got to us DESPITE a sociopolit...
by Simon E.
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1538

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

The Dharma isn't in-built with all this baggage. Just find a Guru who is connected to a lineage and practice until you receive results, and then practice more. All sentient beings, in the hell realms, the animal realms, etc. are eagerly awaiting your Buddhahood. Imagine for a second, all of the bei...
by Simon E.
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1538

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

I agree entirely fwiw. And judging by the fallout so would many young ‘tulkus’...who seem to be bailing in ever increasing numbers..
by Simon E.
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1867

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Why not just get a teacher and get on with it.there is no end to verbalisation.Verbalisation can be a way of sorting stuff for ourselves. The act of verbalising makes things clearer to ourselves, and that’s good. But in the end we need to buckle down and try to process what our teachers are telling ...
by Simon E.
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1538

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Exactly so.
by Simon E.
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1538

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

You made an important point Sonam Wangchuck. Much as it goes against prevailing norms Vajrayana students should try to refrain from simply expressing their own subjective worlds when it comes to Dharma. Our job as I see it, is to represent our own teacher/s to the best of our ability. Not to present...
by Simon E.
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1867

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Which begs the question. Why log on to a Buddhist forum which proclaims that there is no consensus about what constitutes Buddhism? To shoot the breeze a while? Have an argument? Or what? Or could it be that there is in fact a consensus regarding what constitutes the teaching of various Buddhist sc...

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